May 19 2013 Latest news:
Friday, March 8, 2013
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino remains convinced his side can arrest a worrying slump ahead of tomorrow’s Carrow Road test against Norwich City.
Saints’ have won just one of the six games since he replaced Nigel Adkins and lost 2-1 at home to Premier League bottom club QPR last weekend.
“When you analyse the games that we’ve had and just look at the results, then it’s easy to draw a conclusion,” said the Argentine. “But I think you can review many more conclusions by looking at the way that we’ve played and we can draw many positives from the matches we’ve had so far. We have a certain work ethic and a way of working which is what we’ve continued to do, but of course we need to improve day after day, and how you get better is by just working even more.
“In the final analysis, the team is producing many good chances and we have been better than our rivals. That is why we’re sad about the results, but it is the only way we can think and move forward. We just need to look ahead and keep on moving forward and we need to put in everything that we can into the next game and we need to be fully focused on having enough energy to be better than our rival.”
Pochettino admits Southampton must get back to winning ways at Norwich.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get any points from the games against Newcastle and QPR,” he told the club’s official website. “Even though we were better than them and played better than them, we still left with nothing from both games. This week overall we’ve fought very hard and also thought about what we need to address from the two games. We have to carry on the way we’ve been playing because we’ve been playing very well.
“Looking back on QPR, the two chances they were able to get they scored two goals, that’s just not on and it’s something that we need to address and we’ve all accepted that those kind of mistakes cannot happen at all. My line of thinking is to keep going with our own philosophy of playing football and being a lot more effective in terms of scoring goals for ourselves, and nullifying other teams and their goal scoring opportunities.”
Recent signing Vegard Forren could be line for a senior debut after featuring in a development league draw against Liverpool’s U21s earlier this week.
“It’s clear that every manager wants all their players to be match fit, but it was important for Vegard to play on Monday because he can get a feel for the competition,” said Pochettino. “There is a clear difference between just training and competing for a place in the team.”
A magnificent solo goal by midfielder Jonny Howson clinched a notable victory for Norwich City as they wrapped up their season by beating Premier League runners-up Manchester City on their own ground.